Understanding the Benefits of Retiring the Branch Router
Understanding the Benefits of Retiring the Branch Router
/ Nov 27, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Last month, I authored a blog post that asked whether it was time for enterprises to move on from the branch router. In that blog, I framed the other options available to organizations that want to head down that route, but I didn’t really emphasize the benefits. Below are the main benefits enterprises realize if…

Is it Finally Time for Enterprises to Move Beyond the Branch Router?
Is it Finally Time for Enterprises to Move Beyond the Branch Router?
/ Nov 8, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Network modernization, software-defined networking, and virtualization have had a profound impact on network infrastructure. However, the one network device that has managed to stand tall and buck that trend is the router. Switches operate locally, so taking a high-priced switch out of a branch and replacing it with something a little lower-cost is straightforward as…

SD-WANs Enable A Manageable Path To Digital Transformation
SD-WANs Enable A Manageable Path To Digital Transformation
/ Oct 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Success in the digital era isn’t based on the company that has the lowest prices, best products, or even the best people. Maintaining a leadership position is predicated on the ability to quickly adapt the business to seize new opportunities faster and maintain competitive edge. The concept of becoming a “digital company” can be quite…

WAN Availability Matters to The Cloud-First Enterprise
WAN Availability Matters to The Cloud-First Enterprise
/ Oct 2, 2017 0 COMMENTS

The rise of cloud applications has been well documented on this site and others.  The cloud era kicked off with a handful of SaaS applications, such as ERP, CRM and HR systems. Today, businesses are buying almost everything from the cloud from compute services, contact center software, unified communications to anything else you can think…

An SD-WAN Can Cure Your Security Blues
An SD-WAN Can Cure Your Security Blues
/ Aug 28, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Cyber security remains a hot topic with nearly every IT and business leader that I speak with. In particular, there seems to be an intensified focus on network security. Security is typically deployed in layers (network, compute and application), and I expect that model to continue in the short-term, but given the fact that many…

When It Comes To SD-WANs, WAN Optimization Should Be A No Brainer
When It Comes To SD-WANs, WAN Optimization Should Be A No Brainer
/ Aug 14, 2017 0 COMMENTS

As someone who has been following enterprise WAN architectures for decades, I find their evolution fascinating, especially the number of new technologies that have been deployed in isolation. For example, WAN optimization and SD-WANs are often discussed as separate solutions.  From my perspective, I can’t fathom why a business would deploy an SD-WAN and not…

Application Availability is the Real Value of Active-Active Architectures
Application Availability is the Real Value of Active-Active Architectures
/ Jul 5, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Software defined WANs (SD-WANs) have gained market momentum so quickly because their value proposition is multi-faceted. Some enterprises have looked to SD-WAN as a way to dramatically lower network transport costs, while others are building SD-WANs to automate network operations. One of the more common use-cases I have seen is to shift toward an “active-active”…

The Thin Branch Should be Enabled by Elimination AND Consolidation of Appliances
The Thin Branch Should be Enabled by Elimination AND Consolidation of Appliances
/ Jun 12, 2017 0 COMMENTS

The concept of the “thin branch” enabled by simplifying infrastructure has been around for as long as there have been branch offices. Branch offices are typically a microcosm of the company headquarters, but without the necessary IT staff to run them. It’s common to find a myriad of network and security equipment in a branch…

2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
/ May 23, 2017 0 COMMENTS

SD-WANs have garnered a tremendous amount of interest from companies both large and small as they can significantly lower the costs and complexity of running a WAN. As businesses migrate applications to the cloud, they are increasingly embracing the cost advantages of broadband connectivity to connect users to applications. This is being driven not only…

SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
/ Apr 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to WAN architecture, there has been a debate that has raged on for decades.  Hub-and-spoke or fully distributed mesh, which is better?  Hub-and-spoke networks are certainly simpler to design and manage, but the downside is that all branch traffic needs to be backhauled through a central location. Consider a U.S.-based company with…